How to Persevere in Prayer in Today’s World

Persevere in Prayer

Persevere in Prayer

Prayer is essential. Prayer is talking with God, and listening to His still small voice. To persevere means “to persist, not to give up or abandon any enterprise undertaken.” [W] Therefore, to persevere in prayer means to persist in prayer and never give up.

To persevere in prayer means to persist in prayer and never give up.

To persevere in prayer says we are determined to believe all things are possible with God and whether we see the answer manifest in our lifetime or not, we will sow prayers by faith. We know our prayers join in with the prayers of Jesus and with Believers everywhere for all times. Biblical prayers never fail. They may be delayed, but they do not fail.

To persevere in prayer means we are determined to believe all things are possible with God.

Persevere in Thanks

We are encouraged to ask, seek and knock that God might answer us. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7-8 NASB

And in praying, let us give thanks to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who has overcome.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” ~Colossians 4:2 NASB

And let us continually pray with great joy, with thanks and in faith.

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Chris Jesus.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB

Persevere in Faith

Jesus spoke with His disciples about perseverance in prayer. Jesus said not to lose heart, but to cry out to God for justice and He would answer our cries.

“Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man.”

“And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and say, ‘Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary.’” Luke 18:1-3 AMPC

“And for a time, he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will give her justice and legal protection; otherwise by continually coming she [will be an intolerable annoyance and she] will wear me out.’”

“Then the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says! And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones] who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [in providing justice] on their behalf?”

“I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?” ~Luke 18:4-8 AMP

Prayers to Persevere in the Faith

Paul encourages us to pray in the Spirit of God and he encourages us to pray for the Good News to go forth boldly.

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding on behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”

“And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel).” ~Ephesians 6:18-19 AMPC

We can persevere in our prayer for others. Paul prayed for others love to increase, their faith to be blameless and for them to bear righteous fruit through Jesus Christ.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” ~Philippians 1:3-5 NASB

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” ~Philippians 1: 9-11 NASB

Paul gives thanks and prayers for the faithful ones to have wisdom, revelation, hope, purpose, fellowship and to understand His authority and power.

“For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the saints, don’t cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,”

“… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

“…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of His might which He worked in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, authority, power, dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.”

“He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” ~Ephesians 1:15-23 WEB

Paul perseveres in prayer for us to be full of God’s wisdom and understanding, so that we might walk in His ways and bear good fruit.

“For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects,”

“…bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God,”

“…strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,”

“…who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.” ~Colossians 1:9-14 WEB

James encourages us that even when we suffer or encounter trails, we are to pray and ask God for wisdom. When we ask God for wisdom, He gives it to us that the “manifold wisdom of God might be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:10 NASB)

Our faith shines through us when we persevere in faith through hardship.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

“But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”

“For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” ~James 1:2-8 NASB

Quotes on Perseverance in Prayer

“Prayer is the most powerful weapon against trials. The most effective medicine against sickness. The most valuable gift to someone you love.” ~Ged Backland Hutch (2017)

“Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer.” ~E.M. Bounds

“Persevering in prayer is like rowing a boat upstream; if you do not persevere, you will be carried downstream by the current.” ~Anonymous

“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God.” ~E.M. Bounds

“The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us but that we will finally hear Him.” ~William McGill

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” ~Galatians 6:9 AMPC

I cried…

I prayed…

He listened…

I praised!

~Psalm 66:17-20

Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter. Verse one states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The eleventh chapter of Hebrews speaks of those who received what was promised and those who died still looking for the hoped for promise. Whether we see the answer manifest today or not, let us walk in faith “for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (vs. 6)

In First Kings 18, Elijah spoke of the sound of a heavy rain coming, then “he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees.” Seven times, Elijah sent his servant to look toward the sea for any signs of rain, but there was none. The seventh time, he answered Elijah, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the seas.” (vs. 43-44)

Daniel 10 speaks of Daniel’s faithfulness to fast and pray, God’s immediate response, and of the twenty-one-day delay Daniel experienced before he saw God’s answer – due to a war in the heavens. “From the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard. (vs.12)

These encouragements from the Word of God remind us of what Isaiah told us about Jesus, “He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear.” (11:3)

Let us walk in faith, standing on God’s Word, whether we see the answer to our prayers manifested immediately or there is a delay, let us persevere in prayer in faith to our God who is Faithful and True.


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40 thoughts on “How to Persevere in Prayer in Today’s World”

  1. I want to grow in my prayer life. Your post is encouraging me this morning as the past few days, I felt like giving up on some prayers in an area of my life. Thank you so much, your reminder to persevere. This line really encourages me: “Biblical prayers never fail. They may be delayed, but they do not fail.” Amen, sweet sister!! Thank you so much to write this because I needed it this morning. Blessings to you and yours … ❤️

  2. Thanks for the encouragement to persevere in prayer. I was just sharing with the Lord some long-standing prayers requests, and this encourages me to keep on. I especially love that last quote–not that He will hear us but that we will finally hear Him. It’s like a saying I’ve heard–it’s not so much that prayer changes things, but it changes us.

  3. I saw someone post a video of a preacher saying that once we have prayed to God for something, we should not keep praying about it over and over again. I knew that what he was saying was not Biblical, and at the time could only think of how even Jesus had persevered in prayer in Mark chapter 8 when he healed the blind man’s sight and the blind man did not have his sight wholly returned to him immediately. This is a wonderful collection of quotes proving the importance of continuing to petition God in prayer.
    Thank you for all the work you put into creating this post.

  4. Without prayer we have no hope. Many don’t understand that praying is us talking to God. How much more personal can you get with God than when you pray? Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Exploring World Religions Linkup 17 so that we can better understand each other through our religion, faith, or beliefs. Pinned.

    1. I’m so thankful we serve a living God, Dee, that is intimately acquainted with all our ways. And He hears every word we pray!

  5. This >> “Let us persevere in prayer in faith to our God who is Faithful and True.” Lisa, a godly woman who truly mentored me in prayer, persevered for 14 years in prayer until she saw the fruit of her prayers. You have truly reminded me of all she taught me and encouraged me to keep praying and never give up.

  6. Hi Lisa, I was drawn to your post because my word for the year is steadfast and my focus is prayer. Thank you for the wealth of Scripture verses and quotes you shared. I’m pinning this encouraging post.

  7. This brings to mind Steven Curtis Chapman’s song about prayer–and learning to breathe prayers in and out in conversation with God. May we never give up on praying–to do so would be giving up on our most important relationship.

    1. Prayer is powerful, Anita! Yes, may we learn to breathe our prayers and have natural conversations with Him all day long.

  8. Love this! Thank you so much! My word for this year is “faith forward” and your words go right along with that and with what the Lord has been reminding me of. You are a blessing! 💗💗

  9. What you are long-suffering in any area, fatigue sets in and brings discouragement. Thank you for this “recouragement” if you will, to keep praying, keep serving, keep being faithful to the only One who can help us through.

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  11. Thank you so much for this post on prayer ❤️

    I love this quote: There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, “May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence.”

    1. I’m glad you were encouraged, Aritha! I’m thankful He knows our every thought, delights and longs for us to be in His Presence.

      1. Just a quick note: I responded on my blog, to your question. I shared the link to the quote, plus the full quote. I think you’ll like the entire English-language article, “Even in the Dark”.

        Kind regards from the Netherlands (and … you are welcome to read my Dutch blog. Well done)

        1. Yes, I visited your blog and left a comment. Your photos are beautiful, and I enjoy your writing, Aritha. And I saw how your community is preparing to welcome refugees which is very kind of you! My daughter is currently in Romania helping serve refugees.

  12. Lisa, this is a great collection of scriptures to encourage us to keep on praying. We may not see answers quickly or even in our lifetime. We may get answers other than what we want, but we can be assured that God will answer in the way that is best for us. Our job is to keep praying and trusting in our wonderful Lord. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor this week at #TellHisStory.

  13. Lisa, such a great article full of encouragement for persevering in one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines. At times when God’s answer to our prayers seems delayed, it is very hard to continue to bring the need before Him. Thank you for this encouragement never to give up!

    1. May the Lord continue to give us grace as we trust Him with our loved ones who seem resistant to His wooing, Donna. I’m so thankful we can trust Him with our hearts and our loved one’s heart.

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